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Food in Fiction

I'm reading Martha Grimes' Emma Graham series (currently on Fadeaway Girl) and have been intrigued by some of the dishes described as being served at the hotel, especially Angel Pie and Ham Pinwheels. After some research, I've found Angel Pie to have an meringue crust, which sounds interesting. Has anyone had or made this?

Has anyone else been struck like this by descriptions of food in works of fiction? The feasts at Redwall Abbey in Brian Jacques' books have also whetted my appetite. What are your favorites?

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  1. I"ve posted on here about the feast descriptions from Brain Jacques' books before!! I tried to make some of the dishes at home, too. FYI ground up acorns don't taste that appetizing... and neither do "oatcakes" made with flour, salt, water, and oats.... haha

    ETA: I was 9 or 10 at the time...

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    1. re: kubasd23

      LOL! I actually have "The Redwall Cookbook," as well as Terry Pratchett's "Nanny Ogg's Cookbook." The October Ale recipe is unfortunately nonalcoholic.

      1. If you are a fan of detective novels, foreign and domestic, you will have noticed that so many of the best and most popular sleuths/cops are chow hounds. Wonder why.

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        1. re: annabana

          That's interesting. The only one that comes to mind immediately is Nero Wolfe, but I'm sure there are others.

        2. When you next open this thread if you scroll down below the last post you will see a listing of related Food Media and News Board discussions, including five threads specifically about food in fiction, with lots of responses.

          1. A song of ice and fire series.
            Here are 2 sites dedicated to reproducing the dishes described in the books:
            http://innatthecrossroads.com/
            http://www.cookingiceandfire.com/